Visiting Lecturer, School of Photo Arts and Sciences (6358BR)

Requisition Number: 6358BR

School/Department: School of Photo Arts and Sciences

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Visiting Lecturer
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure-Track Visiting

Anticipated Start Date: 10-Aug-2022

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The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in the College of Art and Design invites applicants to apply for a one-year, non-tenure track visiting lecturer position in our Fine Art Photography programs (BFA and MFA). The appointment begins fall 2022. The ideal candidate will teach a full load of technical and conceptual introductory undergraduate courses through to graduate studies including video and animation, photography, and upper-level critique courses. The ideal candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary vibrancy of our students and curriculum in the BFA in Photographic Imaging Arts and MFA in Photography and Related Media programs. As a Visiting Lecturer, you will share in community building through service to the programs and the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description

The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) is internationally recognized for its professional study of photographic practices in a wide array of related disciplines, including advertising and fine art photography, photojournalism, visual media, photographic sciences, and media technologies. Alumni are employed across the industry with NPR, NASA, Apple, NVIDIA, Canon, The Washington Post, Zeiss, The Library of Congress, Nikon, The Forsyth Institute, Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, Adobe and Amazon Lab. Our alumni are frequent contributors to magazine covers such as TIME and WIRED, The Atlantic, as well as The New York Times Magazine. Eleven photography alumni have won a combined 15 Pulitzer Prizes.

U.S. News and World Report ranks our MFA in Photography and Related Media among the top ten photography programs in the country. Our faculty include photographic artists, practitioners, scientists and scholars, including Fulbright scholars, Magnum photographers, National Geographic photographers, Pulitzer-Prize winners, former White House photo editors, Guggenheim recipients, Louis Schmidt Award winners, and more. To learn more about our programs, faculty, and students, please visit School of Photographic Arts and Sciences | College of Art and Design | RIT.

RIT’s College of Art and Design is the university’s creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect. The College’s four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design has an enrollment of more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, College of Art and Design | RIT.


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  • An MFA in photography or related media with professional distinctions in the field

  • Minimum two years of higher education teaching experience

  • Expansive practice in photography with ability to teach from first year undergraduate through graduate studies

  • Portfolio should demonstrate professional experience with video and audio, including:

    • Video and audio capture to output
    • Expertise in Premiere and After Effects, with editing and composite animation
    • Digital workflow from capture to output
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Apply online at Job Search Welcome | Rochester Institute of Technology search openings, then Keyword Search 6358BR. Please submit your online application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; updated curriculum vitae that includes a website link, and upload the following attachments:

  • Brief teaching philosophy
  • The names, titles, email addresses and phone numbers for three professional references, as well as how you are acquainted
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement
  • Portfolio of a minimum of twenty (20) works with an emphasis in video and photography
  • Examples of student work, if applicable

You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Joshua Thorson, PhD, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, phone: 585-475-2716 or by email at

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to